Wiltshire care home residents go back to school to read with 4-year-olds

Arthur and Val have been reading to each other regularly. Credit: ITV News West Country

A group of residents from a care home have been visiting a local primary school to help bridge the generation gap.

Every Tuesday, elderly people from Wiltshire Heights join reception children at Fitzmaurice School in Bradford-on-Avon.

They spend an hour together, reading books, sewing or just talking and sharing stories.

Libby Miles, of Wiltshire Heights, said "It's so important that the children have the opportunity to interact with older people.

"From an older person's perspective, you're able to share your skills that you've learnt throughout your life and impart those on the younger generation."

She says it's something their residents look forward to every week.

The project, which has been running for the last 6 weeks, has been so successful that both parties say it will continue for as long as possible.

Jo Hill, deputy head teacher from Fitzmaurice Primary School, said "The more children that experience it the better.

"Some of them are quite shy and hesitant to begin with but now they love it."